Ramaphosa, Abiy Ahmed hold talks, witness signing of agreements

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met in Pretoria on Sunday 12th January 2020./ PHOTO: South African Presidency – Twitter

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday held bilateral talks with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed aimed at bolstering ties between their two countries.

The Ethiopian leader arrived in South Africa on Saturday for a two-day official visit, following another visit to the Republic of Guinea.

PM Abiy met President Ramaphosa in Pretoria, where they held talks focusing on a range of issues both continentally and globally.

South Africa’s presidency said in a statement that the talks culminated in the signing of a visa waiver agreement for holders of diplomatic passports.

Two memoranda of understanding were also signed; one on tourism cooperation and another on health cooperation.

President Ramaphosa and PM Abiy also discussed South Africa’s upcoming assumpiton of its position as the chairof the African Union under the approved theme: “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development.”

“The two Leaders underscored the importance of achieving the objective of Silencing the Guns in order to create the necessary conditions for Africa’s development,” the South African presidency said.

The two leaders agreed that the next Session of the South Africa-Ethiopia Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) would be held in 2020, in Addis Ababa, led by the Foreign Ministers.

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